May 8, 2012

Take a picture. Save a life.

In this issue of the ClickCare Newsletter:

- Steve Wozniak recognizes iClickCare.
- A brief review of ATA 2012.
- Deploy telemedicine with Scale.

Steve Wozniak Promotes iClickCare as Example of mHealth, Telemedicine.

To quote Brandon Glenn in MedCityNews:  “And at least credit Woz with giving a special shout-out to one lucky telemedicine company: ClickCare, a New York company that’s developed an app that lets physicians collaborate on care with pictures and video on iPhones and iPads.”

Steve Wozniak is an engineer who designs circuits to work in the most efficient and inexpensive manner; he now is also a Rock Star. As Laura Montini quotes in Health 2.0, he said: “I got better and better at making things smaller and smaller and smaller...The number of chips it took for a design had to be the minimum. And it turns out that led me to some good life philosophies about trying to make everything the fewest steps possible.”  Mr. Wozniak is beyond legendary and his contribution to mankind is so large, it even goes beyond those of others such as the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison. 

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We did not get a opportunity to ask him, but we wonder if, after hearing about iClickCare, those values are why he singled out ClickCare and iClickCare as the lone identified company in the ATA 2012 Keynote Speech. We freely admit to following the same principles as we design, improve and sell iClickCare and future products. We are committed to having a ubiquitously available, cost effective, simple, secure and spectacular service to allow providers to collaborate over the internet.

We did, however, get to see how personable, generous, and caring he is. We are honored. We are proud. We are humbled. We are also challenged to further grow into his standards and will continue to keep his principles of engineering in mind as we keep the timeless principles of medicine — access for the patient, collaboration for the provider, and education for the student — at the fore.

We recommend his book iWoz, available (as is our book iPhone Medical Photography) at these retailers:

Apple iTunes Store         Amazon         Barnes and Noble          Google

many types of providersA Brief Review of ATA 2012.
The American Telemedicine Association

Brandon Glenn concluded an insightful review of the 2012 American Telemedicine Meeting with the paragraph cited above. He makes four observations:

-Perceptions of reimbursement issues.
-Changing expectations of use.
-Attendance up because of a large market.
-Steve Wozniak's comments, including iClickCare.

telemedicine is about to launch

We would augment and punctuate his comments as well with the following:

Telemedicine has come of age. For years it has been technologically feasible because of the internet, low cost storage, efficient computers, and now mobile devices. But just now, the sociological demands will force telemedicine (mHealth, telehealth, e-health phenomena etc.) into our everyday lives. None of us have time for inefficiency. By saying “None of Us”, we are focusing on each of us as patients. We work two jobs, there are two bread winners in each household, we care for aging parents and active children, we are part of a warp speed global economy. An even stronger force is the explosion of knowledge which has expanded even farther than Einstein could have imagined when he said “No one of us is as smart as all of us.” Add to this, the phenomenal cost of medical care, then regulators and payers must implement efficient and well thought out telemedicine programs.

As outgoing ATA president (and venture capitalist, astronaut, and physician) Dr. Bernard Harris showed, telemedicine is about to launch!

Dr.Rosser says: "You Can Demo Yourself to Death. Deploy with Scale."

telemedicine is about to launch

And finally, for all of you who have been considering using telemedicine, tried some demos, made some inquiries, floated some institutional balloons, we make note of the opening plenary speech by surgeon James “Butch” Rosser, MD FACS. An amazing larger than life person, he has a resume which breaks through many boundaries — surgeon, educator, scientist, inventor, author, futurist, social advocate, television personality, actor, playwright, video gamer, comic book collector, lover of cinema, and self proclaimed terminal twelve year old. The core of his lesson is clear on this slide. It echos Nike’s Just Do It campaign. We look forward to helping you with rapid implementation of a telemedicine system which is not only valuable and cost effective, but also Simple, Secure and Spectacular.